Mini calzone stuffed with cauliflower – ground pork ragù

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Usually cauliflower is not one of my favorite vegetables but in this recipe I just love it. It perfectly complements the spicy pork ragù. These mini calzones can be served both as an appetizer or a main dish. Serve them together with a creamy sauce like aioli form some extra twist.

Mini calzone stuffed with cauliflower – ground pork ragù

Mini calzone stuffed with cauliflower and ground pork ragù. Fun appetizer idea.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course calzone
Cuisine non vegetarian recipe, traditional Italian
Servings 3 person(s)
Calories 333 kcal


  • 2 packages store bought pizza dough
  • 1 small cauliflower
  • 500 g ground pork
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce or soy sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • cheese to your liking
  • olive oil for the pan
  • 1 egg optional for the egg wash
  • 1 tbsp water optional for the egg wash


Instructions mini calzone stuffed with cauliflower – ground pork ragù

  • Cook cauliflower florets in a large pot full of salty boiling water for about 10 minutes then drain. I used orange cauliflower but any kind is just fine.
  • Heat the pan, add 1 tablespoon of oil then add previously salted and peppered minced meat. The pan must be very hot so that the meat becomes crispy but not burned. Cook until the meat is well cooked and with a help of a wooden spoon separate big pieces. Turn off the heat then use a sieve to drain the meat from its fat. Throw away the fat and put the meat aside.
  • Clean the pan with a piece of paper (no need to wash it with water). Put the pan back on medium – high heat, pour 1 tablespoon of olive oil, add finely chopped garlic and cumin seeds. Cook for 1 minute.
  • Add sugar, let it caramelize for about 10 seconds then add meat and cauliflower. Divide cauliflower florets with a fork, add fish sauce or soy sauce and cook for a few minutes. Taste the stuffing and add salt and pepper if necessary.
  • Put the stuffing aside to let it cool down. Remove your pizza dough from the fridge at least 10 minutes before making calzones.
  • Roll out the pizza dough. With a glass with thin borders or a large cookie cutter crop little circles. Knead scraps of dough, roll out with a rolling pin and cut again until you use all the dough.
  • Place about 1 tablespoon of filling and some of cheese on each disc. Fold it in half, pressing the edges together and crimping them to seal. If you prefer, you can seal them using a fork.
  • Place mini calzones on a baking tray lined with baking paper. Brush with an egg and water mixture to give them some extra golden color.
  • Preheat your oven to 180 °C and bake mini calzones for about 20 minutes. Serve warm or cold


The nutritional values are generated automatically for indicative purposes only and are therefore not completely accurate.


Serving: 3personsCalories: 333kcal
Keyword cauliflower, non vegetarian recipe
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lot of love. B.

p.s. If you look for easy and fun ideas for lunch or dinner you should check my second course section.

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